Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Regenerating Places of Faith Workshop

     Speaking of churches and the future of these buildings, there will be a one-day workshop on September 24th, 2015 in Sydney, Cape Breton.  
     A note of interest in the workshop poster below - on the top right is PEI's New Glasgow United Church - demolished in August 2011!
     For more information see the following website...
REGENERATING PLACES OF FAITH
A WORKSHOP FOR RURAL AND SMALL URBAN COMMUNITIES
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation, 37 Nepean Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia
     Places of faith anchor and shape our communities. Yet many congregations are facing declining attendance and insufficient funding to maintain and operate their buildings. These important community assets are in a period of transition, both in rural and in small urban areas. What is their future? Whether it is to keep the doors open, make strategic real estate decisions, or meet community needs in new ways, their future depends on urgent collaboration among community organizations, elected officials, faith group leaders, the business community, universities and more.
     This one-day workshop will share inspiring examples and proven strategies that faith groups and community organizations can apply in Cape Breton and beyond. There will be time for some applied problem-solving as well. The session will be presented by two national organizations – the National Trust for Canada, and Faith & the Common Good – working in collaboration with Cape Breton University and the Sydney Architectural Conservation Society.  The organizers gratefully acknowledge the funding support of ACOA and the CBU Tompkins Institute.

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